Crime

Second man arrested in deadly 2018 Longs Food Lion shooting

  Closing arguments complete in James Bradley’s capital murder trial; jury deliberations begin Tuesday

Women arrested for filing false report of sexual assault

Man accused in stabbing after dispute with two people

WPD: Woman enters restaurant, stabs employee

CUE Center for Missing Persons honors those missing with 24th annual candlelight vigil

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Columbus Co. officers de-escalate situation with inmate

WPD: Woman sets Wooster Street home on fire

  Teen charged in killing of NC trooper now accused of stabbing inmate

  Woman accused of hitting parked school bus then fleeing scene

  Officials believe husband requested silver alert for wife to cover his tracks

  Activists hold press conference, investigators share update on Paitin Fields homicide case

  Man arrested in shooting at Monkey Junction hotel

New Hanover County Dispatch said law enforcement responded to the area shortly after 8:30 for reports of a person being shot.

  Police seek identity of J. Michael’s dine-and-dash suspect

Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department are asking for the public’s help to identify a man who skipped out on his tab at J. Michael’s Philly Deli earlier this month.

  WPD looking for suspect in Home Depot larceny

Wilmington police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man it says stole tools from Home Depot.

  'We’re all shocked’: Missing Holden Beach woman found dead; husband arrested, charged with murder

Judy Brown Brock, a Holden Beach woman who was reported missing Friday, was found in a wooded area in Sampson County on Wednesday.

  ‘I never touched the officer’: Pender County man says in jailhouse interview he was tased in the face

  Pender Co. man facing charges of sexual battery, taking indecent liberties with a child

  NC House unanimously supports bill named after fallen Trooper Kevin Conner

  WPD using new DNA equipment that could help solve cold cases

  A prized plant that’s often poached: NC Wildlife works to protect the Venus flytrap

  Vandals shatter restaurant’s 50-year-old glass front

  Leland man charged with manslaughter after 18-year-old dies from alcohol poisoning

A Leland man is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge after he allegedly provided alcohol to an 18-year-old girl who died after drinking too much last year.

NC man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting teen girl during sleepover

A Carolina Beach man is headed to prison after he admitted to sexually assaulting a teenage girl during a sleepover with his daughter in 2017.

Arrest made after man arrives at hospital with stab wounds

A man was arrested by Wilmington police Tuesday night after a man with stab wounds arrived at the emergency room at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

  20-year-old charged in Wilmington shooting

Quaneil Hasson Allen was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Taskforce with the Wilmington Department Tuesday evening and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and a parole violation.

  DO YOU RECOGNIZE HER? WPD trying to identify larceny suspect

According to a Facebook post from the WPD, the woman allegedly stole clothing items from T.J. Maxx on Feb. 24 before fleeing the scene in a ca that was stolen in Fayetteville.

  West Virginia man found guilty in infant’s rape, murder; jury recommends no mercy

It took the jury two hours to find the man guilty of multiple charges in the 2016 death of a 10-month-old girl.

  Supply man accused of hit-and-run after hitting man with car in bar parking lot

Troy Jeremy West-Sturdevant, 33, was arrested Sunday by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and felony hit and run from the scene of an injury.

  Wilmington police using improved DNA collection system

According to a news release from the Wilmington Police Department, the M-Vac system arrived in January, and crime scene personnel have been trained on how to operate it.

  Pender Co. Commissioners approve resolution to transfer state property to county for jail

Approximately 100 acres of property north of the Town of Burgaw would be transferred to Pender County if the bill is approved by the General Assembly, and it would not cost the county anything.

NC Senate passes bill with tougher punishments for thieves who target pharmacies for opioids

The state Senate on Monday passed a bill toughening the punishments for anyone caught breaking into a pharmacy to steal medication, and for those who ultimately receive the stolen property.

NC man accused of poaching Venus flytraps faces 73 felonies

A Brunswick County man is facing dozens of felony charges after he allegedly poached Venus flytraps, a vulnerable plant species found only in southeastern North Carolina.

RECOGNIZE THEM? WPD seeks suspected credit card thieves

The Wilmington Police Department is asked for the public’s help to identify two individuals suspected of using stolen credit cards in Brunswick County.

  Missing 2-year-old found dead in Minnesota; father in custody

An off-duty public works employee found what is believed to be the toddler's body inside a blanket off the shoulder of the highway.

Wallace man pleads guilty to shooting his uncle to death

A Wallace man will spend nearly three decades in prison after he admitted to fatally shooting his uncle in 2015.

  Shallotte police trying to identify women wanted in connection to larceny

According to a Facebook post from the police department, the theft occurred at the Shallotte Walmart just before 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 14.

Columbus County brothers accused of shooting bystander in head during fight

Two brothers are accused of shooting an innocent bystander in the head during a fight in Chadbourn last week.

  Department of Justice reviewing fatal trooper-involved shooting

The North Carolina Department of Justice is reviewing a fatal trooper-involved shooting that occurred earlier this year due to a conflict of interest in the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office, a spokesperson for the state agency has confirmed.

  Wilmington police identify man injured in Tuesday shooting

At least one person was injured in a shooting in Wilmington Tuesday afternoon.

Wilmington man arrested on drug charges after Topsail traffic stop

A Wilmington man is facing a long list of drug charges following a traffic stop in Topsail Beach Wednesday night.

  Coaches and parents in college admissions scheme find jobs in danger

At a brief court appearance Wednesday, a judge allowed Lori Loughlin to be released on $1 million bond and travel to the area around Vancouver, Canada, to work but otherwise imposed strict travel restrictions.

Sheriff: Body found Tuesday is missing Nash County woman

Authorities have positively identified the body found Tuesday in Tarboro as Diana Alejandra Keel, according to Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone.

  Several mailboxes, trash bins destroyed in Silver Lake area

Four mailboxes and several garbage bins were destroyed early Monday morning in a Monkey Junction neighborhood.

  Father accused of taking AK-47 to FL school after son said teacher ‘slammed him’

The father reportedly told police he didn’t intend to hurt anyone with the gun, saying he carries it for protection and forgot he had it on him.

  Newborn left to die in 1981 identified by DNA; mother charged in South Dakota

After 38 years, police used DNA tests and genealogy to help arrest the suspected mother of a newborn left to die on the side of a South Dakota road.

Several arrested on drug charges in Bladen County

According to a news release, the investigations were initiated after members of the community complained about possible drug activity.

  Man charged with attempted murder in Elizabethtown shooting

A felon who was on parole now is facing an attempted murder charge after he allegedly shot a man Monday morning in Elizabethtown.

Man who allegedly threatened Google arrested in California

The YouTuber allegedly drove across the country in order to confront Google officials, telling police he’d get violent if the visit didn’t go well.

  Wilmington man faces manslaughter charge in overdose death

According to Lt. Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a residence in the 6600 block of Wood Sorrell Road in response to an overdose.

  Reward offered in Wilmington teen’s shooting death

Crime Stoppers of the Lower Cape Fear is offering a reward of up to $5,000 to anyone with information leading to the arrest of the suspect involved in a Wilmington teen’s murder last month.

NC man accused of strangling ex-girlfriend’s kitten as a threat

A man remains in jail after deputies say he strangled his ex-girlfriend’s kitten, leaving it outside her home as a threat.

  Two arrested on drug charges after three-month investigation by WPD

A three-month investigation by the Wilmington Police Department Narcotics Enforcement Unit ended with the arrest of two people Friday.

  WPD: Man says girlfriend stabbed him during dispute

Officers responded to a report of a domestic dispute in the 300 block of S. 15th Street at approximately 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

Young girl found dead inside duffel bag near California trail identified

The search for the girl’s identity began after her body was found partially concealed in a black duffel bag and dumped down an embankment.

Man found guilty in adopted son’s murder inspired by Oscar-winning movie ‘Manchester by the Sea’

The main character in "Manchester by the Sea" learns he cannot be prosecuted for killing his children, following an accidental house fire.

Aide accused of stealing over $11,000 from late Whiteville mayor

A South Carolina woman is accused of stealing over $11,000 from former Whiteville mayor Anne Jones while working as a healthcare aide, according to the Whiteville Police Department.

Gaming establishment raided for second time in six months

Authorities, again, executed a search warrant of a gaming center in Columbus County that was raided in October 2018.The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office said the agents went inside the 701 Business Center located at 2388 James B White Highway North in Whiteville and played the available video gamin

  SBI investigating case of man who died in police custody in Chadbourn

Anthony Spivey, Chadbourn police chief, confirmed Wednesday that Marty White, of Canton, was pronounced dead at Columbus Regional hospital shortly before midnight after a traffic stop that resulted in two others being jailed on drug charges.

  Suspect in Wilmington hit-and-run that injured bartender arrested in Pender County

With the help of information provided this week by several people, the Wilmington Police Department has obtained warrants for the arrest of a suspect in a hit-and-run two weeks ago that left a pedestrian with serious injuries.

Rocky Point man faces 20 charges involving illegal hunting

Rocky Point man charges with 20 counts of illegal hunting

Ex-Whiteville employee accused of selling prescription drugs while on duty

A former employee with the city of Whiteville is accused of selling prescription painkillers to undercover agents while on-duty and using a city vehicle.

  Chadbourn police investigating after bystander shot in head

Chadbourn police say an innocent bystander was severely injured when she was shot in the head in a shooting Monday night.

  Delivery driver shot in back after dispute over disabled parking space in Missouri

The 65-year-old suspect was arrested. Officers are due to meet with prosecutors to decide if charges will be filed.

Pair get prison time for stealing from Bladen County hog farms

Two men are headed to prison after they admitted to stealing equipment from hog farms in Bladen County last year.

  Tabor City man accused of breaking into mobile home, setting it on fire

Jocquavius Quashean Gerald, 20, was arrested by the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office on Monday and charged with second-degree arson and breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony.

‘Mastermind’ of Bladen County home invasion gets up to 13 years in prison

The man prosecutors said was the mastermind behind an armed home invasion in Bladen County two years ago has been sentenced to prison.

  Off-duty security guard injured in shooting in Wilmington

According to Sgt. Lachapelle with the Wilmington Police Department, officers responded to the 1400 block of Wooster St. after a ShotSpotter alert indicated approximately 20 gunshots in the area.

  Jury selected in James Bradley murder trial

District Attorney Ben David says 12 jurors have been selected but three alternates still need to be picked.

After worker accused of throwing toddler, Missouri daycare’s state license revoked

The daycare announced through an attorney that it will appeal the state’s decision to revoke its license. It can remain open during that process.

Five Pender County stores cited for selling alcohol to minors

Five stores in Pender County were cited last week for selling alcohol to minors, according to the Pender County Sheriff’s Office.

  WPD, Crime Stoppers offer reward for information on racist graffiti incidents

Last week, police responded to incidents of racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic graffiti sprayed on property at three locations.

Escaped prison inmate considered armed and dangerous may be in Eastern NC area

Authorities are asking people to be on the lookout for an escaped prison inmate who is considered armed and dangerous.

  Blueberry farmer watches on iPhone as thief steals security cameras: ‘Not a very smart criminal’

The Bladen County Sheriff's Office is searching for people accused of stealing two security cameras and solar panels from a blueberry farm on Highway NC 210 on Wednesday.

Police: Woman arrested after punching Ibiza Nightclub mirror, impersonating an officer

When Downtown Taskforce officers arrived at 1 a.m. Sunday at the Ibiza Nightclub in downtown Wilmington, Anstett pulled out a Coastal Carolina Public Safety badge.

Young woman, 21, fatally shot helping friend escape suspected domestic violence

Within a day, police arrested a 25-year-old man for allegedly shooting at his child’s mother but instead striking and killing the victim.

California man accused of sexually assaulting 12-year-old he met on Tinder

Officers say the victim initially lied about her age on Tinder, but after eight months of communication with the suspect, she disclosed she was only 12.

  Spray-painted messages of hate found on building with church, home

Thursday morning, parishioners at The Bridge Church on Market Street discovered vulgar and racist words and pictures spray-painted on the back of the building.

  Authorities seize 300 illegal video gaming machines, $10,000 in currency during raid

State and local authorities have arrested three people and charged four others following a raid of illegal video game parlors in Bladen County on Thursday.

  Town commissioner at odds with Bladen sheriff, connected to 9th district figure, voluntarily closes electronic gaming business to avoid raid

The criminal and civil matters have stretched on for years, and the disagreement between a Dublin town commissioner and the Bladen County Sheriff came up during the state's election fraud investigation. But now, at least one chapter is closed.